RIP Andreas Brehme

Former German international footballer and coach Andreas Brehme has passe away at the age of 63. The World Cup winner scored a late penalty, an 85th-minute penalty kick, in the 1990 final against Argentina in Italy handed Germany their third world title. At club level, Brehme played for several teams in Germany, and also had spells in Italy and Spain. A versatile attacking full-back with an eye for goal, Brehme was capable of playing anywhere along the flank on either side of the pitch, and was known for his crossing ability, ambidexterity, and his accuracy from free-kicks and penalties, possessing a powerful shot.

Andreas Brehme was born in¬†Hamburg¬†and started his career with the city’s local side¬†HSV Barmbek-Uhlenhorst. Brehme played for¬†1. FC Kaiserslautern¬†from 1981 to 1986, before moving to¬†Bayern Munich, where he played from 1986 to 1988, winning the¬†Bundesliga¬†in 1987. After that, he joined Italian side¬†Inter Milan, playing there from 1988 to 1992, alongside compatriots¬†Lothar Matth√§us¬†and¬†J√ľrgen Klinsmann, and winning the¬†Serie A¬†in 1989 ‚Äď also being named player of the year ‚Äď and the¬†UEFA Cup in 1991. He also won the German league title with Bayern Munich while also lifting the Serie A trophy and a UEFA Cup with Inter.

Brehme played the 1992‚Äď93 season at Real Zaragoza in La Liga, before returning to Germany once again in 1993 to play for Kaiserslautern once again. He won the German Cup with the club in 1996, although they suffered relegation during the same season; nevertheless, Brehme remained with the team even when they were relegated, playing a key role in the side’s immediate promotion the following season. After subsequently winning the Bundesliga with the club in 1998, Brehme ended his playing career as a footballer after having played 301 matches. As a member of the¬†(West) Germany national team, Brehme took part at¬†UEFA Euro 1984, the¬†1984 Summer Olympics, the¬†1986 FIFA World Cup,¬†UEFA Euro 1988, the¬†1990 FIFA World Cup,¬†UEFA Euro 1992, and the¬†1994 World Cup; he was named in the team of the tournament at Euro 84, and helped Germany to the semi-finals of Euro 88, on home soil, scoring a goal in the nation’s 1‚Äď1 opening draw against Italy.

At Euro 1992, he won a runners-up medal, and Brehme won a runners-up medal at the¬†1986 FIFA World Cup, as Germany lost the¬†final¬†to¬†Argentina, yet he won the¬†World Cup¬†in¬†1990¬†against the same opponents, later being named to the competition’s All-star team. Brehme’s last of his 86 caps for the national team came during the¬†1994 FIFA World Cup, which ended with a disappointing quarter-final exit for his team after a loss against Bulgaria. After retiring from football, Brehme went on to become a coach. He managed his former club 1. FC Kaiserslautern from 2000 to 2002, when he was dismissed because his team was in danger of being relegated. He then managed¬†2. Bundesliga¬†side¬†SpVgg Unterhaching, but was released from his contract in April 2005, again because the club was in danger of being relegated. He was then assistant coach alongside¬†Giovanni Trapattoni¬†at¬†VfB Stuttgart, but both were sacked after only a few months at the club.

His former clubs Inter Milan, Kaiserslautern & Bayern Munich released statements on social media in his tribute after he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Some Facts About Lunar New Year/Chinese New Year

1. Chinese New Year is also called “Spring Festival”.

Though in winter, Chinese call their New Year holidays ‘Spring Festival’ (?? ch?nji√© /chwnn-jyeah/), because ‘Start of Spring’ (4¬†February) is the first of the terms in the traditional¬†solar calendar. While wintry weather prevails, ‘Start of Spring’ marks the end of the coldest part of winter when the Chinese traditionally could look forward to the beginning of spring.

2. It is a festival for 1/4 of the world’s population.

Over 2 billion people celebrate Chinese New Year in some way, even if it’s just a national acknowledgment. These countries have public holidays during Chinese New Year: China, Indonesia, The Philippines, Vietnam, South Korea, Malaysia, North Korea, Singapore, and Brunei. More and more Western cities celebrate this festival in recent years, like New York, London, Vancouver, and Sydney.

3. The Chinese New Year date changes each year.

The date for Chinese New Year changes each year. It always falls between January 21 and February 20 and is determined by the Chinese lunar calendar. In 2024, Chinese New Year will fall on Feb 10th. See more about Chinese New Year Dates.

4. Every Chinese New Year starts a new animal’s zodiac year.

There are 12 Chinese zodiac animals. In order, the 12 animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. 2024 is a year of the Dragon. Your zodiac animal is decided by your birth year.

5. The festival is celebrated for 16 days till the Lantern Festival.

Traditionally, the 16 days from¬†Chinese New Year’s Eve¬†until¬†the Lantern Festival each had a special celebration activity. On the evening of the 15th day of the first lunar month, on the night of the full moon, families gather for dinner and go out and see fireworks and light lanterns. Lanterns are put up for decoration, let loose to fly, and floated in rivers.

6. This period is a time to offer sacrifices to Gods and ancestors.

Praying is one of the more important activities during Chinese New Year. People pray to gods and ancestors. Many Chinese people visit ancestors’ graves on the day before the Chinese New Year’s day, and offer sacrifices to ancestors before the reunion dinner

7. On Chinese New Year’s Eve, people eat auspicious foods.

Certain foods are eaten during the Chinese New Year period purely for their symbolic meaning. This includes dumplings, eaten because they represent wealth. The more dumplings you can eat, the more money you will make in the new year. Fish is eaten because the word for fish in Chinese, (? Y√ļ /yoo/) sounds like ‘surplus’. Oranges and tangerines are displayed because they are believe to bring good luck and fortune due to their pronunciation and characters.

8. Red decorations are everywhere during the Chinese New Year.

You might know that red is a lucky color in China, representing many positive things such as happiness, beauty, vitality, good luck, success, and good fortune, but did you know that almost everything is red during Chinese New Year? Apart from the red envelopes, decorations, and spring couplets hung up outside people’s homes are red. You’ll also see lanterns everywhere, as well as red paper cuttings. See¬†the Top 7 Decorations during Chinese New Year.